Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada is a small community on the shores of Kootenay Lake nestled on the banks of the Kaslo River.
The community is in the centre of wilderness bliss, sightseeing fantasy and adventure thrills.
Surrounding the community are the majestic peaks of the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. All four corners of the region are secured by parkland and forests.
To the northeast is the Goat Range Provincial Park; to the northwest is the Purcell Wilderness Provincial Park; to the south is the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park and to the west is the Valhalla Provincial Park.
Kaslo is a great launching point for day tripping, wilderness adventures and sightseeing.
Just down the road south of the community is Nelson, BC and the Ainsworth Hot Springs. Take a short scenic ferry ride across Kootenay Lake and visit Creston, BC. Or venture out west on Highway #6 (one of the most scenic drives in the region) and visit Nakusp, BC on Upper Arrow Lake and some natural hot springs.
Kaslo is a picturesque lakefront community with streets lined with buildings from the Victorian era, a waterfront which is home to the S.S. Moyie sternwheeler and a backcountry recreation environment with wilderness trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.
On our recent adventure to Kaslo, BC we were researching hiking trails for our Kootenays EH Travel Website. We hiked and prodded along on trails like the the Kaslo River Trail, Wardner Trail, Fletcher Falls and the Buchanan Lookout.
On our next visit we will be hauling along our mountain bikes as there are bike trails filled with steeps, drops and downhill rides. Mountain bikers, starting from the streets of Kaslo, enjoy a network of single track trails and backcountry roads spanning over 100 kilometres!
After checking out the village of Kaslo – the next day, I decided to take a scenic drive to the small village of New Denver. Much of the highway route follows along the Kaslo River.
The highway is full of turns and hills… and as I soon found out spills too. So much so I lost part of my coffee on my lap. Holy jumping it was hot!
Once I recovered from my third degree burns to a very sensitive area I was able to take all the scenery in including wetland marshes, mountain peaks and wildlife.On this trip I was lucky enough to visit with a moose and to observe a very curious Brown Bear.
Coming back from New Denver, as I got closer to Kaslo, I just happen to look down someone’s long dirt driveway and there he was – a bear sitting on his rump looking straight out at me.
I sat in my vehicle and he sat on his rump and we stared at each other for what seemed liked 15 minutes. He nor I was willing to give in and lose this staring contest.
I guess he felt I was boring because he snorted and got up and turned around and headed back into the forest.
But first… just for a moment – a click of a camera shutter second – he turned and looked back at me. I swear I thought he winked at me as if to say, ” It is has been a slice but I have more important things to do then play silly staring games with you.”
When ever in the Kaslo area be prepared for amazing scenery, wildlife sightings and plenty of adventure. For a small town it packs a big punch filled with smiles and laughter.
For more photos and information and things to do when exploring in Kaslo BC please visit our Kootenay EH Travel Website at : http://www.kootenayseh.com/kaslo/index.html